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Durban Girls' College
Whole School (High): Thinking Maps
11th January 2024
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Thinking Maps for High School

All teachers at DGC in the high school attended a 6 hour workshop on Thinking Maps on 11th January. The Thinking Maps provide a shared visual language for learning. There are eight Thinking Maps that correlate to eight cognitive processes and can be applied across all content areas and all grades. 

The feedback from teachers was in the form of one of the Visual Thinking Routines: I used to think .... Now I think ....

Here is what some teachers said:

I used to think Thinking Maps are:                                                        Now I think Thinking Maps are:

- like mind maps                                                                                      - linked to 8 cognitive processes

- used for summaries only                                                                      - used for different applications

- going to change my thinking                                                              - a useful tool to enhance learning

- not going to be useful in high school math                                       - will aid my teaching

- very cumbersome and complicated                                                   -  attainable, user-friendly, agile, adaptable, useful, illuminating

- too much for me to fathom                                                                 - perfectly doable

                                                                                                                 - a creative way to engage students

                                                                                                                 - provide us with opportunities to enhance teaching and learning

- abstract                                                                                                 - a collaborative instrument that helps teachers and learners engage  with content  on a                                                                                                                       different level

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